Being a website entrepreneur is one of the most rewarding but challenging experience you can ever achieve.
However, there’s so much information out there that shows you how to make money online.
In the final analysis, the question remains: so is it possible to earn income on the Internet?
Of course it is!
I’ve certainly done it many times over.
I’m sure you’ve seen a countless number of advertisements out there online that talks about how to make money online. For the most part, most of these advertisements are requires backend cash to support it and can get really tricky to generate income from it.
However, there are ethical and honest online businesses that you can start from your home today.
I’ve always been passionate in the world of computers and the internet ever since I was a little kid. I got my first computer when I was only 16 years old and since then I’ve been online and on the computer.
I remember building my first website from scratch, it was back in the old internet days when search engines such as “Altavista” and dialup internet was around. There was no Google, iPads, iPods or even an Xbox.
Since then, the internet has truly evolved into social networking, business opportunities and launch pads for talented people around the world.
How I became a website entrepreneur
In my own experience, I’ve made money online via the following ways:
- I’ve sold advertising on websites.
- I’ve sold ebooks online.
- I’ve built and sold websites.
- I’ve created websites for corporations.
- I’ve generated thousands of dollars through Search Engine Optimization.
- I’ve made money through teaching others how to make money online.
- I’ve built blog sites and monetized them.
- I’ve created email lists and sold products through them.
- I’ve setup seminars and spoken to people on how they create their own products and sell them online.
- I’ve written ebooks on how to make money online and sold those books in bookstores and online medias.
- I’ve even sold stuff on Facebook.
- and much much more.
Today, I’m still experimenting with different and upcoming business opportunities you can do online.
In my previous years of experience, I’ve found there is a handful of good businesses that you can start online today.
My top 10 online businesses you can start today so you can become a website entrepreneur
Here are my top 10 online businesses you can start today from the comfort of your own home.
1. Create an ebook and sell it online.
You can simply write your own ebook and sell it online. The only thing you need is knowledge in a particular industry and know how to create the website and sales letter. By writing your own ebook, which can be around 50 pages, you can sell it for around $47. If you want to learn more about this, click here.
2. Create a coaching website.
Can you help someone online? Can you offer expert advice to someone in a particular topic? By setting up a website that provides your coaching services, you can charge around $150 per hour to simply offer advice. By setting up a website and online phone system such as Skype, you’re in business.
3. Start a website design business.
If your good with building websites, you can start a web design business from home. By building a simple website for a company, you can charge up to $5,000 for a good website. Building a successful website design business takes time but the rewards are great financially.
4. Teach English online.
I know many people who may not have great technical skills but they have something that they have of value, it’s their simple basic English skills. If you can speak English fluently, you can offer your english speaking skills to countries online which need an online mentor. I know my English isn’t the best but I know I can easily teach someone the basics of conversational English and can charge income for it.
5. Build a membership website.
You can actually create a series of information that’s valuable and charge people to get access to it. For example, if you’re in the business of dog training, you can setup a 6 month course on training your dog for better dog behavior. This online course can consists of videos and how to instructions and you simply charge your customers a monthly access fee to the site.
6. Sell stuff on eBay.
Do you have any junk you want to get rid of? Do you want to make additional cash from things you don’t need? Then sell it on eBay. Many people all over the world have turned eBay into a full time business. They look for products to sell and sell it to eager buyers on eBay.
7. Start a blogging business.
Do you have a passion for a particular topic? Why not blog about it? If you have a wealth of information that is valuable for a particular industry, you can simply create a blog site around that industry and build up a large number of readers to your site. This will attract more opportunities and customers for your business.
8. Provide Virtual Assistance services.
Many first-world countries are now outsourcing their jobs to other countries charging cheaper for labour costs. Jobs such as programming, content creation, PA work such as emails, researching, graphic design and much more are available out there. Go check out Freelancer and you’ll find a long list of employers who would love to hire you for your skills. It’s like working in an office, but your office is your home.
9. Sell advertising online.
If you build a high traffic website, you can easily monetize that traffic by selling space on your website for cash. Many companies are looking for high traffic websites that’s relevant to their customers and willing to pay large cash for it.
10. Build niche websites.
Competition is growing online and more people are starting businesses online every single day. However if you find a gap in a market that hasn’t been used yet, that’s where you want to be if you’re an expert in that area. By looking for niches in the market, you can be the go to person for that service.
The advantages of being a website entrepreneur
Here are some advantages of setting up an online business and becoming an online entrepreneur.
- Your business is open 24/7.
- You make money while you sleep.
- The expenses of operating your business is incredibly low.
- You have a global market.
- You get to deliver your products and services with minimal hassle and huge financial costs.
- It helps you build the lifestyle you want.
- It’s very cheap to start an online business.
The disadvantages of being a website entrepreneur
Of course, it’s not a walk in the park when you start an online business. Here’s a few disadvantages of having an online business.
- It requires technical skills.
- It’s easy to get into but also easy to get out of.
- You must have good knowledge of that particular industry.
- It’s very competitive.
The results of being a website entrepreneur
So there you have it, the different ways in which you can start an online business today and also the pros and cons of starting one.
As a result of all of this, do you think you should start an online business? I believe so, the reason is because even though most of these businesses are easy to get into, the reality of this is that it requires hard work and dedication.
Just like getting a six pack. It requires you to work out every single day, get 8 hours sleep, eat quality and clean meals 4-6 times a day while reducing your calories to around 1,500 per day.
Working on an online business takes time and dedication. You need to work on it every single day and most importantly, be passionate about it.
If you’re not passionate in whatever it is that you’re doing, you’re going to give up early on in the game. However if you’re truly passionate in your career, no matter how many rejections and obstacles you face, you’re going to succeed because you’ll break through them all.
In my own personal experience, when I first started, I tried going into business just for the money and the market, however I left the business because I just didn’t have the heart for it. However, whenever I started a business out of pure passion, no matter how much competition I faced and problems, I somehow ended up making a lot of money.
I believe the reason for this is that I was passionate in that business. If you’re passionate in whatever it is that you’re doing, the money will follow.
So my final message to you before you go out there and start your first online business and become a website entrepreneur, check your levels of passion first, are your willing to stay at this business for the long term even if you don’t generate any income from it for now? If so, then you may have found a online business perfect for you.
One final piece of advice I would like to leave you with is the secret of trying new things. If you continually test and try new things, you will come across a winning business. Finding the right online business for you is like picking a joker out of a deck of cards. If you knew a joker was in a deck of 52 cards, you’ll flick through the entire pack until you reach it.
That’s your job, you should flick through the entire deck of online businesses until you find one that works and is right for you.
Until then, to your online success! Let’s all become website entrepreneurs and achieve the lifestyle we want.
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